Dean's Welcome


Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has recently undergone a major restructuring process to keep abreast with the new world order. Under AIT's new Interim President, Worasak Kanok-Nukulchai, AIT commits to establish closer alliances with the industries to promote region's sustainable growth. In order to launch more topic-based interdisciplinary programs to serve the industries, it is necessary to remove the disciplinary walls. Thus, the two former schools - the School of Civil Engineering and the School of Advanced Technologies were merged into one bigger school - the School of Engineering and Technology (SET).

Historically, these two schools came into existence in January 1993 when the Institute reorganized its academic structure from smaller-sized units called "Divisions" to larger bodies named "Schools". The School of Civil Engineering (SCE) represents the legacy of AIT when it was established with a single field of study in Hydraulics Engineering in 1959. Subsequently, other civil engineering fields of study were launched to assist the recovery from the ravages of the Second World War. Fields of study in the School of Advanced Technologies (SAT) were launched to serve as centers of excellence in Information, Communications, Industrial Systems, and Space Technologies, in response to the needs of the regional industrialization during the second and third decades of AIT's existence.

The new School, SET, a synergic amalgamation of SCE and SAT, has the mission to build up world-class multi and cross disciplinary education and research, cutting across the boundaries of the traditional fields of knowledge. SET is committed to developing highly qualified engineers and technologists who play leading roles in promoting the region's industrial competitiveness in its integration into the global economy. The new school will enhance its academic portfolio by emphatically injecting the "5I" features namely internationality, innovation, integration, information technology and industrial partnership.

Based on SWOT analysis in our recent faculty retreat, SET will position itself as

  • A trailblazer in advanced technological education in the region, with leadership in industrially oriented multidisciplinary programs.
  • A leader in professional development of technologically competent world citizens who play creative roles in regional and transnational projects, with awareness of environmental and societal implications of technologies.
  • A hub for implementing cutting edge research in partnership with the industries, and in networking with academic and research institutions of the region and the world.
  • A financially viable, self-sustaining responsibility management center with good governance and strong leadership.

SET will treasure the core values of excellence in student teaching-learning process, relevant research, good governance, and dedicate to the culture of unity in diversity. Especially during my deanship, I have identified the following commitments as top priorities:

  • SET to foster the international dimensions of the Institute, including curricula, research and scholarly collaborations, as well as faculty exchanges, student recruitment, and alumni relations.
  • SET to efficiently utilize its limited financial and human resources to facilitate innovation in the multidisciplinary and multicultural learning environment.
  • SET to develop strategic alliances with industries to promote region's industrial competitiveness, and in return to establish a steady financial resource through partnership activities.

These three commitments underlie the Strategic Goals for SET to reaffirm its core values, chart the new directions and strive to fulfill its mission to academic excellence and institutional distinctiveness. These strategic goals are:

  • To increase the visibility and social impact of the SET regionally and internationally, as a hub for state-of-the-art learning and cutting edge research.
  • To maintain high quality and diverse faculty, staff and students.
  • To cultivate strategic alliances with partnered universities and major industries in the region.
  • To expand financial resources of the School by diversifying revenue sources with more industry-driven research, training and consultancy.
  • To promote technology venture and entrepreneur leadership.

Our web site provides complete information about the faculty, the facility, and the curricula that SET currently offers. If you need specific information that are not available in the web, please do not hesitate to contact me. You may also contact any of the faculty members directly to inquire about their technical areas of interest. It will be my pleasure to welcome you to visit our school and look forward to hearing from you.

Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul
voratas@ait.ac.th
Dean, School of Engineering and Technology